Danzy's comedy routine has Doba seeing purple

TURNS OUT THAT All-State cornerback <b>Shelton Danzy</b> isn't only a star ballplayer, but a promising comedian as well. Sunday night, during an in-home visit from Cougar head man <b>Bill Doba</b> and assistant coach <b>Timm Rosenbach</b>, Danzy walked into his grandmother's living room wearing a purple and gold baseball jersey with Huskies written across the chest.

What followed was dead silence.

"Coach Doba is standing there looking speechless," says Danzy, a product of Seattle's Rainier Beach High, who committed verbally back in April to play his college ball at Washington State.

When cousin Everett, playing the straight man, chimed in that he thought the two-way standout had changed his mind about where to suit up next season, Rosenbach turned pale and jumped to his feet to ask Shelton what was up.

"I started immediately laughing while taking off the purple and gold baseball jersey to reveal my real college of choice -- a black, crimson and gray WSU baseball jersey. Pure comedy," cracks Danzy.

He said both coaches immediately offered up good-natured suggestions on what Danzy should do with that other jersey.

One look around the room reaffirmed the strength of Danzy's verbal commitment.

"It was really cool -- my Mother and Grandmother decorated the place from head to toe in WSU colors and had various cards and letters that I had received from Wazzu decorating the walls," Danzy said. "On the table was my first football picture taken at age 6 and my last taken this year at age 17."

Joining the family was Danzy's Rainier Beach head coach, Mark Haley, and defensive coordinator Dareen Witcher, who also is Danzy's godfather. Both coaches also are University of Washington products -- a fact that perhaps made Danzy's initial choice of evening wear all the more disconcerting.

THE CONVERSATION was wide ranging, Danzy said. Topics included the difference in a weekly schedule between a student-athlete who is redshirting and one who is on the travel squad, and the outlook for the Cougars' 2005 class of recruits.

WSU is expected to have a 2005 class of 18-20. The Cougars have nine known verbals so far. Coupled with 2004 grayshirt Cole Morgan and members of the 2004 class who failed to qualify academically but may be eligible this time around, the '05 class figures to have no more than six to eight slots left to fill. Letters of intent will be signed in early February.

"After all the questions were asked and answered my Mother and Grandmother fixed plates for everyone -- fried chicken, baked beans, potato salad, rolls, and a cake. We all ate downstairs while watching my highlights of this past season. We had a great time," Danzy said.

In 2004, Danzy rushed for more than 1,000 yards and 14 TDs, but his collegiate star will likely rise on defense, where he posted 88 tackles (63 solo), including 12 tackles-for-loss. He also had four INTs, four fumble recoveries and scored three TDs. Rainier Beach won the Metro League title and advanced to the quarter-finals of the state 3A playoffs.

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